Honors & Awards
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Peyton Newell redshirted during his first year at Nebraska.
Defensive line prospect Peyton Newell joined the Nebraska program after starring on both sides of the football at Hiawatha (Kan.) High School. The 6-2, 270-pound Newell was Nebraska's first high school scholarship signee from the state of Kansas since Kyler Reed in 2008. Newell started every game of his high school career on both sides of the ball, and posted record defensive numbers. In his career for Coach Chris Diller, Newell set school records with 257 tackles, 105 tackles for loss and 33 sacks, while registering 16 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, 12 blocked kicks and two defensive touchdowns. From his tight end spot on offense, Newell totaled 37 catches for 583 yards and seven touchdowns. As a senior in 2013, Newell led Hiawatha to a 7-4 record and a bi-district championship, culminated by a trip to the second round of the Class 3A playoffs. Newell had 76 tackles, including a school-record 12 sacks, 32 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles. He also caught seven passes for 118 yards and a touchdown. Newell was named to the CBS Sports/MaxPreps Small School First-Team All-American squad. He was also named to the Topeka Capital Journal and Wichita Eagle's Top 11 All-State and was the all-class defensive lineman of the year by both papers. Newell was also named the St. Joseph News-Press Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year, earned unanimous Big 7 All-League honors and was chosen to participate in the 2014 Kansas Shrine Bowl. As a junior, Newell had 61 tackles, including a school-record 37 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. He added five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries and caught 14 passes for 162 yards and three scores. His play led Hiawatha to an 8-3 record, a district title and state playoff appearance. Newell was a MaxPreps Junior All-American in 2012, while earning all-state honors in Kansas and unanimous all-league accolades. Newell had 76 tackles, including 26 tackles for loss and six sacks in 2011, while adding 12 catches for 246 yards and three touchdowns. Newell was a first-team all-area defensive pick in 2011, and was an honorable-mention Kansas all-state pick, while earning all-conference honors. Newell earned a spot in the varsity lineup as a freshman and made 44 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss, five sacks, forced three fumbles and had a blocked kick. He also caught four passes on offense. Newell had more than 30 scholarship offers, including Clemson, Georgia, Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Penn State, South Carolina, UCLA, USC and Wisconsin to name a few. He was regarded as the top defensive prospect in Kansas by all of the major recruiting services, and was regarded as one of the nation's top 25 defensive tackles by 247 Sports and Scout.com. Newell is the son of Frank and Stacie Newell and the late Melissa “Malter” Newell, and he was born on Nov. 18, 1995.